John Allen Barbato was born September 4, 1945 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He is a visual Artist and Performance Poet currently living in Oaxaca, Mexico. ARTIST’S STATEMENT: The only sane response to insane times is to be an artist. I live in the mountains of southern Mexico and spend my days painting my visions of how I’d like the world to be. PERFORMANCES: Velveeta Readings, Oroville Blues Festival; North Columbia Folk Festival; Sacramento Blues Festival; High Sierra Music Festival; Sacramento Poetry Marathon; Sonoma Poetry Festival; Whole Earth Festival; Heritage Festival; National Poetry Slam; Lord Buckley Festival of Poetry and Music.
EXHIBITIONS: Artists’ Gallery; North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center; Pine Street Café; Hickey’s Place; Northern California Center for the Arts; Casa Overholt; La Olla Galleria, Oaxaca, MX; Festival del Arte San Sebastian, Etla, MX, Foothill Flowers Gallery, Sun Center for Well Being, PUBLICATIONS: Commedia Dell Arte, 1981 Music, Once Made, Like Love, 1985 Because I Dreamed of You Last Night, 1990 Face Up On Dash (audio cassette), 1990 Exuberance Despair Vision, 1995 Heartland America: A Gnashing of Teeth (video cassette), 1997 Cries, Cautionary Tales & Bald-faced Lies (video cassette) 1997, The Collected Poetry 1964-2002. CONTRIBUTIONS: Deep Valley Review; Childbirth Alternative; Tule Review; Community Endeavor; Glyphs I, II, III; Wild Duck Review; ZYZZYVA , Zocalo 2002 through 2006, Stickman Review (online magazine), Mad Hatter’s Review (on line magazine).John’s book, Collected Poems 1964-2002, is available on-line at www.lulu.com/content/290010. Mr Barbato can be contacted at his website: www.johnbarbato.com or at johnbarbato80@hotmail.